4 Seasons of Beauty

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Last updated: 10/25/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This peaceful straw bale home is a retreat from a busy lifestyle . It is nestled in the foothills of the Sapphire Mountains in Montana's Bitterroot Valley, only a 35-45 minute drive from Missoula.

Situated on 20 acres of land with majestic ponderosa pines and a vibrant display of wild flowers all around the cabin. Inside, you'll find the comfort of natural wood and wide windows sills that display the view of snow-capped peaks of the Bitterroot range. From sunrise to sunset, you will bask in the immense landscape - inviting you to savor meals on the deck, take a walk on nearby trails, or nap with the summer breeze carrying the scent of pines. The abundant natural light and open floor plan create a feeling of relaxed spaciousness inside.

This unique home was a built by the owner, Rosemary, and her community of friends over the course of several summers. She was a teacher at the time and had a vision of creating a sustainable energy efficient home. She lived out of a teepee the first few summers and recalls the mourning doves cooing and keeping her company during the 7 year process. It was a labor of love that was finally completed in 2000. Straw bale construction is known for it's energy efficiency qualities and many renewable materials were used in the process.

When you're ready for adventure, culture, dining out or shopping, the surrounding area offers multitudes of opportunities. You can enjoy an active day in the forest, on the river, or shopping and take in some local music in Missoula; then return quickly to your serene mountain sanctuary. Information about outdoor and city activities are convienently located inside.

When you're spending a quieter day at the cabon and on the land in the hills, you're only a 15-minutes away from Florence, where you can shop for groceries and other necessities, or savor a delicious meal at cafe Fierenze.

This cabin has all the comfort you need to live the mountain life for a few days or a few weeks. This magical getaway is tastefully furnished with cozy new beds, comfortable seating, a fully equipped kitchen, a new state of the art wood stove, a barbecue and deck furniture. While wifi is not available Verizon and AT&T cell service is accessable. This spot is designed to ensure you have a relaxing and fun vacation.

The nearby Bitterroot River is perfect for fishing, swimming or boating. Local outfitters offer guided fishing, rafting, kayaking and canoeing trips, or you can rent equipment nearby. For land lovers, dozens of hiking and biking trails wind creekside through scenic canyons in the Bitterroot and Missoula valleys. A fun wildlife reasearch center only miles away is a great day trip, In the winter, the crisp Montana outdoors beckons you to snowshoe, cross-country ski or downhill ski at your choice of areas located within one and a half hours drive; or right outside your door when there's snow.

Is a thriving university town full of shops and restaurants. Local favorites include Saturday morning farmers' markets and weekend music, arts and crafts festivals. Right in the heart of downtown, the riverside Caras Park hosts outdoor live music and food events. A Carousel for Missoula is another popular downtown destination for kids of all ages. Museum lovers will want to check out the Missoula Art Museum and the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

From the Missoula airport, you'll drive down the beautiful highway 93 with spectacular views of mountain peaks. You'll head east into the hills, winding through forests and meadows to your mountain haven. The cabin is located off a county maintained dirt road (all-wheel drive is recommended October through May) for the last mile.

Quiet, cabin, straw bale, sustainable home, Bitterrroot, mountains, mountain views, Missoula, four seasons, outdoor activities, natural light, spacious landscape, nature trails, BBQ, vacation rental, retreat, winter retreat.

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets may be welcomed with prior approval. Dog damage deposit will be required....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone:

    great cell phone coverage with verizon...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Well equipped kitchen for all your cooking needs....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.8
from 40 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2016
7 night min stay

Dec 22 - Dec 29, 2016
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$900 $3,600
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning $85 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 7%

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 10/25/2016
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Fly fishing in the nearby Bitterroot River, Lee Metcalf Bird Refuge, cross country and downhill skiing is close by.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1990

About the owner: I fell in love with Montana the first time I saw it back in 1978 when my mother, brother and I were visiting a sister who was working in West Yellowstone. The beauty of the land spoke deeply to me so I decided to make Montana my home. That decision, combined with buying the land in 1990 and building a straw bale house there in 1994 have been some of the best decisions of my life.

Why the Owner Chose Florence, MT, USA:
I purchased the property to build a meditation retreat center, which was the site's initial use for several summers. I chose the location because of the awesome views and the peaceful and healing energy of the land. I built the house with the help of friends and family. It's a very special place to me and to friends who have stayed there over the years and I'm happy to make it available for others to discover its healing magic and peaceful beauty.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
As a lover of the outdoors and wildlife, I appreciate being surrounded by natural beauty at the cabin. Often, I see deer quietly chewing grass, hawks soaring overhead and the most amazing sunsets. The elk herd sometimes passes through the property from the nearby Welcome Creek Wilderness area. I enjoy hiking right from the doorstep, through the forest and meadows. On hot days, I head down to the Bitterroot River to swim or watch birds at the nearby Lee Metcalf bird refuge. The quiet solitude of the place has inspired friends who are artists, musicians and writers to spend time there, creating. The cabin's remoteness as well as it's close proximity to services in Missoula's city center make it an ideal getaway for any length of time.

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  • Spacious, comfortable Great Room with captivating views to the west and south.

    Spacious, comfortable Great Room with captivating views to the west and south.

  • upstairs full bathroom

    upstairs full bathroom

  • downstairs bedroom

    downstairs bedroom

  • downstairs kids bedroom

    downstairs kids bedroom

  • front door

    front door

  • Well equipped light filled kitchen with great views every where you turn.

    Well equipped light filled kitchen with great views every where you turn.

  • Afternoon sun illuminates upstairs bedroom.  Stairway to more cozy living space.

    Afternoon sun illuminates upstairs bedroom. Stairway to more cozy living space.

  • downstairs kids bedroom

    downstairs kids bedroom

  • Autumn sunset  from just above the cabin.

    Autumn sunset from just above the cabin.

  • Looking down at the cabin through  Ponderosa pines to the Bitterroots & beyond.

    Looking down at the cabin through Ponderosa pines to the Bitterroots & beyond.

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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